photo courtesy of Dennis Dunn
The 2016-17 Crothersville Lady Tigers went into the history book Saturday night winning the Class A Basketball Sectional at Orleans— the first ever hardwood sectional championship in the school’s 126-year history.
CHS girls’ teams have been competing in the IHSAA post season tournaments since 1975.
Crothersville defeated West Washington 72-69 in the title game and will face Wood Memorial, winner of the Tecumseh Sectional, in the second game of the Springs Valley Regional at French Lick this Saturday.
The 19-8 Lady Tigers are sporting the school’s most season victories in history besting 17-win seasons twice in the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons.
The local ladies got to the sectional title game with a first round 49-47 OT win over county rival Trinity Lutheran on Tuesday. They cruised past Orleans 54-41 in the semi-final round to set up a re-match with the Lady Senators.
West Washington had defeated Crothersville twice in the regular season—the first in the two teams’ season opener and again on Dec. 15.
Crothersville led the Lady Senators 16-14 at the first stop and 35-27 at the half, 50-45 at the end of the third quarter. WW outscored the Lady Tigers 24-22 in the last stanza to account for the final 3-point margin.
Lady Tiger Katrina Christian led all scorers with 32 points. She got double digit help from Piper Hensley with 14 and Lacey Hall with 11.
Opening up this Saturday’s Regional action will be Vincennes Rivet (an 82-26 winner over Shoals in the Loogootee sectional) taking on South Central who defeated Lanesville 56-40 in the New Washington Sectional. The Lady Tigers’ opponent, Wood Memorial, was a 59-42 victor over North East Dubois. Wood Memorial (24-1) is in Oakland City in Gibson County on the Indiana-Illinois border.
Tickets for the Girls Regional at French Lick will be available at the door. Springs Valley High School is located just south of State Road 56 in French Lick on Larry Bird Blvd.